Geotechnical Engineers

Geotechnical engineers evaluate soil, rock, and underground water to determine the feasibility and design specifications for construction projects. Geotechnical engineering, like civil engineering, focuses on the design and construction of buildings, roads, tunnels, dams, bridges, and water supply and sewage systems. Types of problems they may be hired to solve include leaning towers and buildings, railway track failures, and slope failures and landslides. Because geology plays a heavy role in this type of work, geotechnical engineers might also be known as soils engineers, ground engineers, or geotechnics engineers.


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